Friday, September 9, 2011

in the studio

Summer studio projects: started with a commission for a book on local paste paper makers, then got a little out of hand. By the time the better part of an encyclopedia was sacrificed to the cause (not to mention a healthy portion of an appropriated ledger), it wasn't just a contribution to a portfolio of prints.

Artist's book specs:
-- texts : Beyond | How to do the impossible
-- (set A) : matted 8"x10" distressed Encyclopedia pages, with text printed onto onion skin paper (thank you, Warwick Press). Total set probably equals five prints and five pages of text.
-- (set B) : two volume set of 4" square books. Constructed using Timothy Ely's drum-leaf method, which allows full page spreads to be displayed, with no loss to the gutter or to sewing, and no need to worry about the verso of the page (basically, a Japanese binding, inside out). Alternating pages of prints with a page of text, in a 3.5" square. Maybe fifteen to twenty in total, or until paper or patience runs thin. Text printed onto off-white paper-vellum (translucent and crinkly).

What there is now: lots of prints. A basic design layout. Many, many paper samples for printing the text, following three months of looking for paper. Several marked-up edited copies of the texts (thanks GofR!).

What needs to happen: the texts need to be reconciled with one another, and imported into a page layout. A font needs to be determined (keening towards Bodoni). Oh, and they need to be constructed.

Does it need to be mentioned? The pastepapers are constructed using:
1969 Encyclopedia Britannica, volume C
an old ledger
very, very strong tea for pre-staining the papers
mica powder
black sumi ink
turquoise, brown, and burnt umber Windsor and Newton drawing inks
there's something blue in there somewhere
crystal salt

They were inspired by mildew and mold. It's been a rainy summer.